June is National Safety Awareness Month and did you know that every year, poison control centers receive about 2.2 million calls from people seeking medical help for poisoning? It is the leading cause of unintentional death, surpassing even motor vehicle crashes, and includes inadvertent ingestion of drugs or chemicals, the excessive use of a drug and exposure to environmental substances. The most common poisoning is from prescription drugs – particularly opioid pain medication. Every day, 52 people die from opioids. They become quickly addicted without realizing what’s happening. The drugs are over prescribed by doctors, shared among family members, and stolen from medicine cabinets. Children are misusing prescription drugs at an alarming rate, and even over-the-counter medications, like cold medicines and sleeping aids, can be dangerous.
To learn more about what you can do to prevent poisoning and prescription and over the counter drug overdoses in your home and family visit the National Safety Council’s website at http://www.nsc.org/act/events/Pages/national-safety-month.aspx.